Rice handling and storage losses amount to nearly 900,000 tons/year

According to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country loses almost 900,000 tons of rice every year. The wastage is incurred during handling and storage between the farm and the market. PhilRice Deputy Executive Director Flordeliza Bordey stated during a Senate budget hearing that “the losses were caused by mishandling and poor storage practices.”

Push to increase longan exports

Summarized by Joy Kristel L. Orzales The Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced its plan to expand the country’s longan exports to new markets. The ministry is currently working on export requirements such as sanitary and phytosanitary requirements to reach countries with strict policies. Cambodia yields about 20,000 tons of longan annually from

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Is Eating Tilapia Healthy?

by Dr. Rafael Guerrero III, PhD Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is the second most important farmed fish in the Philippines next to milkfish or “bangus.”  Our country produces over 250,000 metric tons of tilapia from culture in  freshwater ponds and lake cages every year.  Per capita consumption of tilapia among Filipinos is 3 kg/yr compared to 2.5 kg/yr for milkfish and 1.6 kg/yr for roundscad or


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Rice Self-Sufficiency 2020?

By Senen U. Reyes Senior Management Specialist, CFA-UA&P Rice self-sufficiency has been the target of every administration. However, it has also been a moving one from one president and agriculture secretary to another up to the current president and agriculture secretary. The reasons: climate change, occurrence of severe calamities, lack of funds, budget request not

Be informed about agriculture and rural poverty

Written by Prof. Rolando T. Dy of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), “Agribusiness and Rural Progress: Actions for Poverty Reduction” contains 86 articles that cover the global and ASEAN fronts, local and regional perspectives, rural development, governance, and commodity focus. The book espouses that a dynamic, progressive and inclusive economy is anchored on